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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
AP PhotoS/Matthew Mead Elizabeth Karmel's recipe for a walking taco served in a bowl. A make-your-own taco bar is dramatic, and is easy on the cook.

Whenever I think of Super Bowl Sunday, I think of chili and guacamole and chips. And Ro-Tel cheese dip. And Frito pie.

Because face it, people love to indulge in fatty, crunchy, salty foods they can munch while milling about or standing and watching the game in suspense. And if you make a dish that combines everyone's favorite football snacks, you've got a winning day regardless of who wins the game.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Maria J. Martino and Brendan P. Whitfield

The engagement of Maria Joan Martino of Jim Thorpe to Brendan Paul Whitfield of Ashburn, Va. has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of John and Patricia Martino of Jim Thorpe. She is a 2005 graduate of Marian Catholic High School and a 2009 graduate of DeSales University, where she earned a bachelor of science in nursing.

She is employed as a critical care nurse in the Lehigh Valley.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 1-3 p.m., Feb. 13, at St. Catherine Medical Center, 101 Broad St., Ashland. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?

(I've received this question from more than a few readers. It's a subject of great interest to seniors, so I'm going to write two columns on hearing aids.)

About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

For dementia caregivers in and around Carbon County, there is help.

A free Alzheimer's Support Group meets 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe. The next meeting will be Feb. 1.

The group will share ideas and tips to help caregivers cope with the day-to-day stresses of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

For more information on the support group, call Pat at (610) 392-2380 or by email at

Monday, January 30, 2012
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, director, Palmerton Area Library, and artist Douglass Wilkins, of Neola, showcase a painting of an old mill in Sciota (center) that Wilkins submitted for the library's sixth annual Art Show on Sunday. The piece won "Best of Show".

Now, that's a real piece of work to be proud of!

Beautiful compositions of artwork adorned the second floor of the Palmerton Area Library at the sixth annual Art Show on Sunday.

Art aficionados were certainly up to the task, as evidenced by their masterful artwork, which wowed visitors who flocked to the event like never before.

Hosted by the Friends of the Library, the event proved to be a rousing success, according to library director Diane Danielson.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ann Boyle, author and former literary agent, will share her wisdom about today's changing publishing landscape as keynote speaker at the third annual Write it Right writers' conference in Pottsville.

Boyle will present her keynote speech as part of the Black Diamond Writers' Network (BDWN) third annual Write it Right writers' conference on Saturday, April 21 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, 1440 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

Boyle will provide a breakout session on the writer-agent relationship.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Mark Luke DeMatto Jr.

A son, Mark Luke DeMatto Jr., was born at 3:42 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, to Trish and Mark DeMatto of Summit Hill.

He weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Ann and George Nalesnik of Nesquehoning. Paternal grandparents are Aurelia and Donald DeMatto of Summit Hill.

Maternal great-grandmother is Eileen Bonner of Nesquehoning.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Maryann M. Evans and Justin A. Snyder, 123 E. Monroe St., McAdoo.

Brittany I. Carney and Joseph M. Deleon II, both of 620 N. Manhattan Court, Hazleton.

Friday, January 27, 2012
Chase Joseph  Barron

A son, Chase Joseph Barron, was born to Rachel and Stephen Barron of Easton, at 12:59 a.m., Sept. 28, 2011, in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethlehem. He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 20 1/2 inches long.

He was welcomed home by a big brother, Tyler, 14.

Maternal grandparents are David and Mary Burrell, Lansford.

Paternal grandparents are Judy Barron and Rocco Presto, Easton; and William and Roberta Barron, Victor, N.Y. Great-grandmother is Margaret Burrell of Tamaqua.